Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

About

Victoria is Assistant Dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. Her areas of expertise in the domestic policy landscape include immigration, Latinos, women and childcare, and economic equity. more→

Research

Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding policy development and its intersection with institutional and political contexts. Underlying her academic work is the applicability of rigorous research to on-the-ground policy realities.

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Recent Media

This article originally appeared on NBCLatino

It’s no coincidence that some of the harshest anti-immigration laws have taken root in the South.  These states are reacting not necessarily to the presence of the Latino population but to their growth. At the local level the Republican Party has taken the lead on such measures. And at the national level the GOP presidential field has echoed such reactionary stances so as to secure primary state delegates.  Latinos nationally and in the South in particular have become a piñata for the Republican Party.

The 2010 mid-term election demonstrated that immigration issues could be a potent political force within the GOP.  Candidates across the country, and in particular in the South came into office by espousing harsh anti-immigration policies.  Nathan Deal, who was elected Georgia’s governor made good on his promise to address immigration and in May 2011 signed HB 37 into law, a bill similar to Arizona’s SB 1070 which even goes a step further in penalizing persons who transport undocumented persons.  Soon after Alabama and South Carolina passed a similar bill.  (more…)